Project Conservator – University of Pennsylvania

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Posted Job Title

Project Conservator

Job Profile Title

Museum Conservator

Job Description Summary

The Project Conservator is responsible for carrying out conservation work on monumental Egyptian stone sculpture and architectural elements, under the supervision of the Lead Exhibition Conservator. The primary duties include carrying out necessary treatments; keeping written, photographic, and electronic records of work; working with engineers and mount-makers to design support armatures; and keeping current with developments in the field through readings, conferences, online discussions, and personal contacts.

Job Description


  • Carry out necessary object treatments.
  • Keep written, photographic, and electronic records of work.
  • Work with engineers and mount makers on designing structural armatures
  • Keep current with developments in field through readings, conferences, online discussions, and personal contacts.


The candidate must be a graduate of a recognized Masters-level art or artifact conservation training program with at least two years of professional experience after graduation, preferably in a similar institution or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience in working on comparable monumental pieces and familiarity with working on scaffolding or elevated surfaces are highly desirable. Must be able to work in the offsite CLA, located in central New Jersey. Sound work habits, personal initiative, organizational skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, along with the ability to undertake moderate to heavy lifting are essential. Candidate will uphold collegial and collaborative working relationships with conservation staff and other departments.

Open to all, the Museum is home to remarkable objects and powerful stories that emerge from its extraordinary expeditions across the world. Discover the cultures of Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the Mediterranean, from the very first cities of the Middle East to the kings of ancient Egypt; from prehistoric Mexico to the lives of Native American communities today. Experience the mystery of the ancient past, gain an understanding of our shared humanity, and find your own place in the arc of human history.

Job Location – City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

University Museum

Pay Range

$36,401.00 – $65,521.00

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